Why I decided to be a part of mental health awareness campaign on The Vent Machine? – Sumona Chetia
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Why I decided to be a part of mental health awareness campaign on The Vent Machine? – Sumona Chetia

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A year ago, I wasn’t a positive person as I am now. I chose to identify myself with my failures rather than my success. I was cynical about the whole point of human existence. And that’s when I realized that my brain needed rest. That realization opened a new door for me- the door of self-love.

Now self-love doesn’t mean narcissism but love for the fact that I choose to live hale and hearty with good mental habits.

My personal experience taught me a lot about mental health awareness. Why is it important? What is depression? Am I crazy? What is this feeling of numbness? I learned, and I am still learning every aspect of mental health importance. It is by this process that I am performing self-love.

Months ago, I singlehandedly launched a fight to combat against the taboo surrounding mental illness. My efforts were not fruitful as my reach was limited to a few audiences. However, a golden opportunity in the form of THE VENT MACHINE appeared before me, offering me a sign that my dream of creating awareness on mental health will not go in vain. So starting 10th October (WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY) my fellow bloggers and I will venture out to spread awareness and advocate against this social stigma through THE VENT MACHINE.

 

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Surabhi Pandey

Surabhi Pandey, a former Delhi Doordarshan presenter, is a journalist currently based in Singapore. She is the author of ‘Nascent Wings’ and ‘Saturated Agitation’ and has contributed to over 15 anthologies in English and Hindi in India and Singapore. She writes on topics related to lifestyle and travel and is an active reporter on the tech startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia. She is the editor and founder of The Vent Machine.
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